Kundalini yoga is an uplifting, energizing and transformative type of yoga that uses physical postures, powerful breath work, audible chants or “mantras” and hand gestures or “mudras” to produce full body awareness and purification. Directly translated to “coiled one” in Sanskrit, the term “Kundalini” refers to the uncovering of the spiritual “life force” energy located at the base of the spine, said to linger there, coiled up tight like a snake, waiting to be released. Unlocking this potent energy is the primary focus of Kundalini yoga. Through a mix of traditional yoga poses and targeted pranayama, Kundalini yoga activates key energy points and locks or “bandhas” around the spine in an effort to experience “Kundalini Awakening,” a form of spiritual enlightenment said to elicit a heightened sense of empathy and creativity, higher overall energy and deeper levels of consciousness. Kundalini yoga is an excellent way for practitioners of all levels to get out of their minds and into their bodies. By using movement, meditation, breath work, mantra and energy healing, Kundalini yogis release stress and trauma from the energetic body (or aura) that surrounds the physical body. What remains? A deep sense of bliss.